Everyone from the Cavs to Pacers to Kings to Timberwolves and several others are known to have contacted the 76ers about Simmons. As of yet, no one has seemingly made an offer anywhere near what the Sixers are seeking.
“The Sixers have continued to put a high sticker price on Simmons and are under no pressure or rush to deal him if the right opportunity doesn’t present itself, according to sources familiar with the situation,” Neubeck wrote.
Instead, head of basketball operations Daryl Morey is doing his due diligence in talks and, per Neubeck, the Sixers “are not coming to the table at all if the offer doesn’t reflect his status as an ultra-productive, multiple-time All-Star.”
Some outside the organization expect that Simmons talks will ramp up around the time of Thursday’s NBA Draft, and if not then, during the free agency period in early August.
Speaking of the draft, Philadelphia is also looking to trade its No. 28 pick, Neubeck reported, though that seems to be separate from anything involving Simmons.
Simmons, 25, is coming off a subpar playoff showing, with the 76ers losing to the Hawks in the second round of the playoffs. Simmons either refused to shoot or shot poorly late in games, finishing a historically bad 34 percent on free throws.
Still, at 6-foot-10 he is an accomplished passer and defender on the wing, averaging 14.9 points and 6.9 assists this past season. He finished second in Defensive Player of the Year voting last season — and for all the grief he takes about his jumper, he is a career 56 percent shooter.
Either way, agent Rich Paul has been meeting with Morey regularly to discuss Simmons’ future with the franchise, something that started at the NBA Combine in Chicago last month, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported.